London, Jan 23 (ANI): A jeweller from Ipswich, who whipped his lover with a length of rope during a Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired sex session, has been cleared of assault.
Steven Lock, 43, and his girlfriend planned a "master and slave" role-play fantasy after reading the best-selling novel.
But the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, complained he went too far after she was left screaming with pain and with angry red weals on her skin, the Daily Mail reported.
Police began an investigation, despite the fact she had written to him promising to be his "slave" and accepting "pain" would be inflicted upon her.
A jury took two hours to find him not guilty after a four-day trial.
Judge David Goodin had told them they should not act as "moral guardians or commentators."
"You may not be familiar with the best-selling work of fiction which has spawned both sequels and imitations. What you are concerned with is whether or not the prosecution has proved whether the defendant committed a criminal offence," he said.
Lock said later that he was disgusted that this case was brought to court in the first place, and added that he didn't do anything wrong.
The couple had indulged in an "adventurous" sex life for a year after meeting on a dating website, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
They took part in threesomes and bondage sessions and filmed themselves having sex. (ANI)